Head Baseball Coach
Ryan Bay will begin his third season as the head coach of the Ranger baseball program.
Last season, the skipper was a win shy of leading the team to the NAIA National Tournament, as the Rangers turned a 35-22 overall record for the fifth best season finish in school history.
During his first season, the Northwestern Oklahoma State baseball team experienced one of the biggest turnarounds in school history, going from eight wins to 26 in 2009. Bay is just the fifth head baseball coach to lead Northwestern over the past 42 years. Prior to the 2011 season, Bay holds a 65-41 record at Northwestern.
Bay had a successful three-year reign at Bacone College. During the 2008 season, Bay led Bacone College to a 41-14 overall record and as high as an 18th ranking in the NAIA. Bay joined Bacone during the 2006 season and spurred a 20-game turnaround from the previous season, with a 29-19 record. During his second season, he finished with a 35-21 record and won the Red River Athletic Conference North Division Title, the first in the school’s history.
Before serving at Bacone, Bay spent from 2003-05 as the head coach at William Woods (Mo.) University. During his inaugural season, Bay guided the program to its first winning season in school history. In his second year at the helm, Bay defeated seven NAIA nationally ranked opponents in route to qualifying for the Regional Tournament, a first for the program.
Bay’s accomplishments don’t just stop on the field, they also carry over to the classroom. His 2010 squad was named an NAIA Scholar Team with a 3.12 grade point average. This season’s team recorded a 3.13 GPA in the fall semester of 2010.
A native of Perry, Bay also has been an assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, serving as a hitting/outfield coach and recruiting coordinator from 2001-02. In 2002, the Jets finished in third place in the Junior College World Series.
While in Enid during the summers of 2001 and 2002, he was the head coach of the Enid Pastimers, a collegiate summer league team.
Bay played his prep ball at Perry High School under current Northern Oklahoma College-Enid head coach Raydon Leaton. He was a four-year starter and two-time all-conference performer in the Heart of America Conference as an outfielder at Missouri Valley College. During his junior year, Bay led the conference in stolen bases with 39.
Bay received his bachelor’s of science in 1999 from Missouri Valley College and holds a master’s degree in education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, which he earned in 2002. Bay resides in Alva with his wife of 10 years, Denise. They have a seven-year old son Bryer.
Assistant Baseball Coach
Bill Neale will begin his first season as the pitching and catching coach for Northwestern. He reunites with head coach Ryan Bay, who he spent three years coaching with at Bacone College.
Prior to coaching at Bacone College, Neale was a four-year standout for the Warriors, earning three first-team all-conference selections as a catcher.
During his career, Neale caught a perfect game and was also on the receiving end of Johnny Spencer’s nine-inning, 25 strikeout performance, in 2004, which still stands as an NAIA record.
Before signing with Bacone, Neale played for the Ontario Blue Jays program, an elite traveling team from the Ontario, Canada, area.
Neale earned his bachelor’s degree from Bacone College in health & physical education and a master’s degree from Northeastern State University in kinesiology. Originally from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, Neale currently resides in Alva.
Student Assistant Baseball Coach
Harley comes to Northwestern after a year and a half of coaching outfielders at Colby Community College (Kan.). During his only full year of coaching, Colby finished with a 33-23 record and took third in the Jayhawk West Conference before bowing out in the Region VI Tournament.
During the summer of 2007 and 2010, he helped coach the Cheyenne, Wyo., Post 6 American Legion team. This past summer, his team was crowned State Champions and took second place in the regional tournament.
He served as the head coach of the Alva American Legion team during the summer of 2009.
Prior to his coaching stints, Harley played outfield for a year each at Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont., and at Colby. Both teams finished runner-up in their respective regional tournaments.
Harley played American Legion Baseball for Cheyenne Post 6, where he started in the outfield for a team that won three consecutive state championships and was a regional runner-up.
Originally from Cheyenne, Wyo., Harley attended Cheyenne East High School where he was a first-team Wyoming All-State selection as an outfielder.
Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach
Shawn Neale begins his first season at Northwestern as an assistant coach and his primary duty will be working with catchers. Neale will also oversee the strength and conditioning aspect with the position players.
Neale comes from Bacone College where he played for Coach Bay his freshman and sophomore year. In his first season at Bacone, the Warriors went 35-21 and won the Red River Athletic Conference North Division title, the first in the school’s history.
During his second season at Bacone, Neale was part of the 41-14 overall season with the squad reaching a ranking as high as 18th in the Nation.
Neale comes to us from Ontario,Canada where he grew up playing baseball traveling all over Southern Ontario.
Neale earned his bachelor’s degree from Bacone College in health & physical education and has begun his Master’s in postsecondary education
Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach
Zach Theademan begins his first season as an assistant coach and his primary duty will be recruiting the south central region. Theademan will also work with outfielders and hitters.
Theademan returns to Northwestern after finishing his senior season in 2010 as a member of the 35-22 Rangers. The squad finished third in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament and one win away from the NAIA National Tournament.
Prior to finishing his playing career at Northwestern, Theademan played two years at Kansas City Kansas Community College and one year at Emporia State. During his sophomore season at KCKCC, the Blue Devils finished one win away from the Junior College World Series after losing in the Region VI championship game. During that season, Theademan was earned first team all conference honors and was named KCKCC Male Athlete of the Year. The following year he was a member of Emporia State’s NCAA Division II national runner-up squad.
A native of Alva, Oklahoma, Theademan earned his bachelor’s degree from NWOSU in 2011 in health & sports science education and is currently working on his master’s degree in adult education management & administration.